2.23.2007

Delegate Don Dwyer, Homophobe

As a Marylander, I am embarrassed by Delegate Don Dwyer and his attempts to codify his hatred for homosexuals into Maryland law. Its not enough for the Delegate that Maryland defines (wrongly in my opinion) marriage as between a man and a woman.
The amendment, as proposed in the Senate, would amend the state constitution to include the following: “Only a marriage between a man and a woman is a valid marriage in this state.”

Offered as Senate Bill 564, the amendment is championed by Sen. Larry Haines (R-Baltimore and Carroll counties) and supported by 12 other senators.

Meanwhile, Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel County) has introduced a similar measure via House Bill 919. His proposal calls for a similar definition, but also bars public schools from teaching about “same-sex relationships.” More than 30 delegates back the bill.
This is pandering to bigotry, pure and simple. Does Delegate Dwyer really believe that the state constitution should dictate public school curricula? What risk could there possibly be for teaching students about same-sex relationships?

Thankfully, the momentum is not behind Delegate Dwyer and his hateful cohorts. Instead it is behind Equality Maryland, 400+ members of which gathered before the statehouse to rally for marriage equality. Many in the legislature agree that these amendments are bunk:
Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) said Dwyer’s proposal has “no legs.”

She said his amendment’s stipulation that public schools not teach students about “same-sex relationships” did nothing to help his cause.

“He seems each year to take it one step further, to make it more ridiculous than the previous year in his quest to spew hatred toward the GLBT community,” she said. “He only won re-election by 25 votes. Perhaps his constituents were sending him a message that there are other priorities that he should be focusing on?”
And no, the opposition isn't only coming from Montgomery County:
Del. Galen Clagett (D-Frederick County)...

“I hate wasting time with this stuff,” he said. “We’re not dealing with real issues.”

Clagett, 65, said he so opposed the proposed amendment that he threw Dwyer’s request for support into the trash. To prove his point, the delegate later sifted through his trash bin and produced the document for a reporter.
Delegate Dwyer's website makes it clear that he is staunchly against gay rights. He lists Maryland politicians who "support gay rights" as if they are a list of convicted criminals. Lets hope the voters in Anne Arundel's 31st district can learn from the actions of Delegate Clagett, and ditch their support for Dwyer.

23 comments:

Greg Kline said...

Dwyer's opposition to gay marriage is what got him reelected. Perhaps it is you who need to wake up. The public schools in Montgomery county are already teaching (read indoctrinating) kids about the homosexual lifestyle. Why if gay marriage is legal would that not only accelerate?

We disagree on the issue but you are in the very distinct minority of Americans and Marylanders.

Anonymous said...

Greg Kline is a Republican so conservative he couldn't even manage to get himself elected against a criminal (McConkey) or a virtual no-name (King) in a heavily Republican district (33A). Now he spends time feeding the fevered dreams of wingnuts like Dwyer and Mooney.

Andrew Kujan said...

From what I understand, Delegate Dwyer was re-elected by a very narrow margin. That aside, I wonder how I could be in such a "very distinct minority of Americans and Marylanders" on these issues when the Maryland legislature has no intention of passing Delegate Dwyer's bills.

I point you to this survey and I will paste the relevant question asked of parents with differently aged school children:


I am going to ask you about certain things that might be included in sex education programs
in schools. After I read each topic, please tell me whether you think it is an appropriate topic
for middle school students – that is, grades 6, 7, and 8 – high school students – that is, grades
9 through 12 – both age groups, or neither age group....

Homosexuality and sexual orientation – that is, being gay, lesbian or bisexual
Asked of half of respondents
TOTAL GR 7-8 GR 9-12
73 80 73 Appropriate (NET)
5 3 6 Appropriate topic for middle school students
24 41 23 Appropriate topic for high school students
44 35 45 Appropriate topic for both age groups
25 20 25 Not appropriate topic for either age group
2 1 1 Don’t know
* 0 * Refused



The fact is, I do stand with the majority of Americans on this issue. It is Delegate Dwyer and his bill that are out of the mainstream.

Andrew Kujan said...

Another good one:


What do you think schools should teach about homosexuality? Should schools teach that
homosexuality is wrong, that homosexuality is acceptable, only what homosexuality is
without discussing whether it is wrong or acceptable, or should schools not discuss
homosexuality at all?
TOTAL
18 Teach that homosexuality is wrong
8 Teach that homosexuality is acceptable
52 Teach only what homosexuality is without discussing whether
it is wrong or acceptable
19 Schools should not discuss homosexuality at all
3 Don’t know
* Refused


certainly no "distinct minority."

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